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Big-Five health insurer Aetna abandoning majority of Obamacare business

Aetna – one of the five largest health-insurance companies in the nation – is cutting its losses and terminating its business in the majority of the counties in which it offers Obamacare coverage. Business Insider has the details: The firm said that after a review of its public-health-exchange business it determined that the nearly $300 million in pretax loss it was sustaining on an annual basis was not worth the business. In its new plan, it will offer healthcare options through the public exchanges in just 242 of the 778 counties where it now operates. These will be mainly in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, and Virginia...

Federal appeals court says IRS likely still targeting Americans for their political beliefs

Officials at the Internal Revenue Service are continuing to target politically conservative-leaning groups seeking tax-exempt status, a federal appeals court said in a recent ruling that overturned a lower-court decision that tossed out a lawsuit against the agency on the grounds IRS authorities said they’d stop certain targeting practices. The Daily Signal has the story: The IRS insisted “there is no reasonable expectation” that discrimination will reoccur, the ruling noted, because the tax agency has “suspended until further notice” tactics it used to target the applications of tea party and other conservative groups for nonprofit ...

Arkansas VA spent $408 million on solar-panel project as veterans faced brutal wait-times

Officials at an Arkansas Veterans Affairs hospital over a five-year period spent $408 million a so-called “green management” solar-panel project that went over schedule and over budget as former servicemen and women awaited care long overdue, according to a VA inspector-general report spurred by members of Congress. The Daily Caller has the details: The move to solar is part of the VA’s Green Management Program, which is tasked with installing renewable energy sources at various medical facilities. The probe included 11 out of 15 solar panel projects awarded from 2010 through 2013, which were still incomplete in 2015. Each of the 11 solar ...

Calif. Rep. McClintock: U.S. national debt is ‘out of control’

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock during a recent speaking engagement in El Dorado Hills, California underscored how severely in the hole our nation is from a financial perspective – something we’ve known for years but need Congress to act on right away. The Folsom Telegraph has the details: “Spending is out of control,” he said. The National Debt is at $20 trillion and growing, he said. In 10 years there won’t be funding for Medicare and Social Security will be bankrupt in 17 years if “we stay on the same trajectory,” McClintock said… McClintock said that “entitlement programs” cost $1 trillion a year. Examples of entitlement ...

Rep. Pompeo: Obama admin ‘violated federal law’ when it airlifted $400 million to ‘state sponsor of terrorism’

Lawmakers and policy experts alike are dumbfounded and furious over President Obama’s approval of a $400 million airlift to Iran, a leading state sponsor of terrorism, on the same day Iran released numerous Iranian-American hostages. The Daily Signal has the scoop: “I want to know what Obama administration employees were involved with this and how long do they serve in prison,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “There is no doubt they violated federal law when they transferred U.S. taxpayer funds to a state sponsor of terrorism.” Pompeo’s assertion to The Daily Signal goes farther than most ...

Justice Department denied FBI request to probe Clinton Foundation

President Obama’s Justice Department declined a request from the FBI to look into the Clinton Foundation to determine whether Hillary Clinton – during her tenure as secretary of state – engaged in corrupt practices, according to a recent CNN report. The Washington Examiner has the story: The Justice Department's public integrity unit declined to pursue the probe given what it characterized as insufficient evidence, according to a CNN report Wednesday. The State Department's seemingly preferential treatment of foundation donors under Clinton's leadership has raised questions about whether she and her aides ignored conflicts of interest in ...

Report: Detroit VA spent $300,000 on televisions it can’t even use

Staff at the Veteran Affairs medical center in Detroit, Michigan signed off on the purchase of $300,000 worth of incompatible televisions now languishing in a dark VA office, according to a report recently released by federal inspectors. ABC 7 has the details: The report says the items were purchased before an installation contract was awarded, and it was later determined the units were not compatible with design plans. The VA spent nearly $20,000 to adjust their installation design, but still, the majority of the units have not been installed. Adding further to the frustration, the warranties have since expired, which could lead to additi...

Daily Signal: Gun owners more law-abiding than law enforcement, study says

A new study unearthed by those at the news arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation finds Americans with concealed-carry permits are among the least likely to have a rap sheet, according to research conducted by the Crime Prevention Center. The Daily Signal has the story: The study compared permit holders to police, who committed 703 crimes from 2005 to 2007, and 113 of those were firearm violations. “It is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere near as law-abiding,” reads a report on concealed-carry permit holders… “We find that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a ...

This Virginia teen just won gold in Rio – watch her gush about her right to bear arms

The quintessential girl-next-door, 19-year-old Olympic gold medalist in the 10-meter air-rifle competition Ginny Thrasher over the weekend made her television debut to express the thrill of winning an Olympic championship Saturday. “After I finished shooting, I didn’t have a lot going through my mind other than overwhelming happiness. I was swarmed by my friends and family and a lot of media. After I took the lead in the final, I knew that I was in contention for a medal but, for me, I had to refocus on what would get me to that outcome,” says Thrasher. Her enthusiasm for the sport is apparent, as she wears a smile the duration of the ...

State Department doles out $185,000 for … thread?

On the heels of news the Department of Veterans Affairs spent millions on artwork while our veterans died awaiting care, State Department officials coughed up nearly $200,000 for a so-called fiber artwork display comprising 98 balls of thread to adorn the embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Washington Free Beacon has the details: Government spending on lavish art has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after a report revealed the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $20 million on artwork while veterans died waiting to see doctors. The VA is not alone in purchasing pricey art on the taxpayers’ dime. The State Department spent $185,000 for ...